New Awards and Contests for Entrepreneurs

This list of contests, competitions and awards is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and


pcmall.jpgPC Mall Small Business Network Supreme Office Makeover Contest
Enter by November 30, 2010
The PC Mall Small Business Network Supreme Office Makeover contest is targeted towards small businesses with 1 to 100 employees and runs until November 30, 2010. Featuring a prize valued up to $17,500 for businesses with 11 to 100 employees and a prize valued up to $7,000 for businesses with one to 10 employees, the Makeover includes PCs, notebooks, printers, small business networking equipment, backup software and more.

love_a_local_business.pngLove a Local Business Hiring Grant Competition
Enter through December 2010
Enter by submitting a few sentences about why you love serving your customers and community. Each month between October and December 2010, winners of a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant will be chosen by popular vote on Judges will review the three monthly winners and choose a grand prize winner of an Intuit Hiring Grant worth $50,000.
21st Annual Holiday Spirit Award
Enter by December 1, 2010
Do you know an Orange County business owner who is generous, kind, cheerful and goes the extra mile all year long?
Nominate him or her for the 21st annual Holiday Spirit Award.
The award gives recognition to local business owners who don’t get many accolades for being good to their employees, generous to local charities and always cheerful to their customers.
Send some details of the nominee’s year-round spirit — specific examples help — to me at or by snail mail to Jan Norman, Orange County Register, 625 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana 92701.
marketingsherpa.pngMarketing Sherpa Email Awards 2011
Enter by December 3, 2010
MarketingSherpa’s annual Email Marketing Awards are back for another year of inspiration. Nominate your best e-mail-related campaigns from 2010 for your chance to have:
o Your entry published in the MarketingSherpa Email Awards Winners’ Showcase
o Recognition at MarketingSherpa’s 2011 Email Summit in Las Vegas
o Campaign featured in a MarketingSherpa newsletter
o A badge to display on your website
This year’s entry categories:
o Best triggered e-mail or autoresponder series
o Best integration with other channels
o Best e-mail list growth campaign
o Best personalization/segmentation strategy
o Best e-mail newsletter for marketing purposes
o Best innovation

Click here
for the submission form.
book-awards-square.jpgSmall Business Book Awards – 3rd Annual
Online – vote by December 15, 2010
The 3rd Annual Small Business Book Awards by are now open. The Book Awards celebrate books for small businesses and entrepreneurs. And since most such books are also written by entrepreneurs and small business owners, the Awards recognize their work. Ten winners will be named in the 2010 Book Awards, based on the number of votes. Vote for your favorites. You may vote once every day, per IP address. Vote for as many books as you wish. Currently there are 65 books entered in the Awards. If your favorite book is not there and it meets the rules, you can also submit it.
extreme_payroll.JPGExtreme Payroll Stories
Enter by December 15, 2010

This contest awards participants with free payroll services for sharing their stories about how they’ve processed payroll under extreme circumstances.
To enter the contest, small business owners and small business employees who process payroll can submit their “Extreme Payroll” stories to the official contest site, and encourage family, friends and colleagues to vote for their extraordinary experience. The participant who submits the story that receives the most votes wins free payroll service from SurePayroll for one year. The participant who submits the story with the second-highest number of votes will receive free payroll service for three months.
small NYPL logo web.JPGNew York StartUP! Business Plan Competition
Enter by December 20, 2010
The New York Public Library, with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, announces the New York StartUP! 2011 Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000. The second annual New York StartUp! gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to bolster their business acumen. Competition is open to those who are 18 years of age or older; live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or U.S. citizen; and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.
1st Place Award: $15,000. 2nd Place Award: $ 7,500. 3rd Place Award: $ 5,000. 4th Place Award: $ 1,500. 5th Place Award: $ 1,500.
dreambig.jpgDream Big Small Business Award
Enter by January 7, 2011
The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, is designed to honor U.S. job creators and recognize their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth. The 2011 application will become available starting Tuesday, September 21, 2010. View the eligibility and criteria to learn more and check out the Application Process FAQs for tips on filling out the application.
launchmaine.JPGLaunch Lewiston-Auburn Maine Contest
Enter by January 2011
The Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC) and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce have launched an entrepreneurial contest that has an ambitious goal of connecting with youth who have roots in the local community, and encouraging them to consider starting a business in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. The program, called Launch L-A!, features a contest inviting young entrepreneurs to submit a proposal to start a business in L-A.
The winning entrepreneur will receive an equity infusion of $10,000 to $20,000 in seed money, along with a number of in-kind services for a year, including business consulting, accounting services, legal fees, advertising agency services, rent and more — all provided by Chamber members. Runners-up may also receive in-kind services. See website for entry rules.
chicagosbdc.JPGThe CITI Foundation Business Plan Contest
Enter by February 1, 2011
For Start-up and Existing Businesses-Put your ideas on paper to find out if you have a viable business and compete to win cash prizes. Eligible candidates must attend at least one of the following workshops by February 1, 2011: How to Write a Business Plan; Understanding Your Small Business Financial Report Card; or Boot Camp – CORE Four Business Planning Course.
All registration forms and business plans must be received by February 1, 2011. Please review the checklist on the website for all required information. Or call (312) 673-3462 or e-mail
RIbusblan2011.gifRhode Island Business Plan Competition 2011
Enter by April 4. 2011
The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and development of start-up and early stage companies. Winners and finalists in the 2010 Competition shared more than $195,000 in prizes.
If you are putting on a small business contest, award or competition, and want to get the word out to the community, please submit it through our Small Business Event Form (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing — it is completely free to list your award or contest.)
To find other small business awards, contests, competitions and grants, visit our Small Business Events Calendar.
Please note: The descriptions provided here are for convenience only and are NOT the official rules. ALWAYS read official rules carefully at the site holding the competition, contest or award.
Laura Leites, Managing Editor,
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